Who we are

EAI staff includes specialists in the areas of biology, benthic macroinvertebrates, coastal ecosystems, ecology, environmental permitting, ichthyoplankton and meroplankton taxonomy, protected species management, submerged aquatic vegetation, terrestrial flora and fauna, vegetative restoration, and wetlands management and mitigation.


EAI employs a number of full and part-time technicians to assist senior staff with a variety of field and laboratory activities. Additionally, EAI has established a broad and diverse network of associate scientists whose expertise can be drawn upon as project demands dictate. EAI also has excellent working relationships with a number of state-certified laboratories that can perform a broad spectrum of chemical analyses on ground water, surface water, and sediment samples.

Stan DeForest

President/CEO Ecological Associates, Inc.

MBA Business Management, Cornell University,  S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University

Stan serves as the President and CEO of Ecological Associates, Inc. He has over 20 years’ experience and a wide ranging and diverse background of technical and general management in large and small companies. It is Stan’s personal belief that being socially and environmentally responsible and being a successful business can go hand-in-hand. Stan is heavily involved in identifying new ways in which emerging technologies can be adapted and applied to the services EAI provides.



Niki Desjardin

Director of Operations

M.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University
B.S. Biology, University of Richmond

Niki has over 15 years of experience managing protected species monitoring programs and coordinating/conducting field work in Florida. Her work focuses on the implementation of sea turtle and shorebird permit-compliance monitoring for coastal construction projects (pre-construction through post-construction). Niki confirms monitoring protocols meet conditions of all state and federal permits and Biological Opinions and attends pre-construction conferences and coordinates with state and federal agencies, engineering firms, and local stakeholders. Niki also has experience preparing Biological and Environmental Assessments and HCPs for public and private sector clients.  She is responsible for the management and oversight of EAI’s Coastal Protected Species Division, ensuring projects perform according to the highest quality standards, are within budget, and are timely. Niki serves as EAI’s Director of Operations, coordinating with the Company CEO on strategic planning, supporting business development, and overseeing senior staff.  

Mark Mohlmann

Senior Project Manager

B.S. Biology, George Mason University

Mark has over 21 years’ experience designing, implementing, and managing large scale projects in the aquatic sciences. Responsible for programs including CWA 316(a) and 316(b) projects, turbidity compliance monitoring, taxonomic analysis, seagrass monitoring, biological characterization studies, and assorted marine-oriented projects within EAI.  He is the primary database management developer for the company with over 20 active project databases. Mark is an FAA Part 107 certified remote pilot for drone operations and manages drone projects for EAI. Mark is a member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) and American Fisheries Society (AFS) and has been an active participant in the Florida Interagency Calibration Exercise to standardize seagrass scoring and data collection across agencies and universities in Florida for the last ten years. 

Kaitlin Wood, P.E.

Lead Engineer

M.E. Environmental Engineering, University of Florida
B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Florida

Kaitlin has 5 years of experience working with a variety of South Florida utilities and municipalities on complex environmental engineering projects. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida and has specific experience with providing clients with consulting services related to design, permitting, contractor procurement, and construction administration. Kaitlin has worked on a number of water and wastewater projects, ranging from septic-to-sewer conversions to treatment plant operating permit renewals. She is particularly interested in the intersection of engineering and natural resources, and utilizing designed ecological systems to provide non-traditional engineering solutions.


Christina Macon

Environmental Resource Program Administrator

B.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University

Christina has 10 years of professional training and experience in land management principles, wildlife surveys, native flora identification, natural resource impacts, mitigation calculations, environmental resource permitting, mangrove trimming and removal permitting, and compliance inspections for environmental regulations. She also has specialized experience in proprietary authorizations, lease inspections, conservation land protections, and water quality sampling protocols for multiple State agencies. Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent and Stormwater Management Inspector.





Jimmy Sellers

Business Devlopment Manager

M.B.A. Environmental Management, Florida Atlantic University
B.S. Psychology, University of Florida

Jimmy has 19 years of experience working in Florida with roles in scientific research, water resource regulation, and consulting. His career has spanned project management,  business operations, and business development in the planning, environmental, and engineering fields. Jimmy has wide-ranging experience in planning, state and federal permitting, bidding, construction oversight, permit compliance, and monitoring of coastal restoration and construction projects in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. His field experience includes wetland delineation, submerged aquatic vegetation surveys, and marine construction oversight for beach and dune restoration, boat ramp development, dock and fishing pier construction, navigation improvements, shoreline stabilization, hardbottom mitigation, and wetland fill/restoration/mitigation projects. Jimmy serves as our Business Development Manager and leads our firm in pursuing new work and coordinating with clients on business logistics.


Carrie Scarola

Project Manager

B.A. Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University – Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Carrie has 14 years of professional experience in protected species surveys and observation, permit-compliance turbidity and water quality monitoring, environmental assessments, benthic macroinvertebrate community ecology, submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring, and sediment analysis. She is the primary polychaete taxonomist and serves as the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Officer and Health and Safety Officer for the company. Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent and Stormwater Management Inspector.


Aquatic Sciences

Matt Scripter – Senior Scientist
Lead Taxonomist and Statistical Analysis
Ph.D. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology
M.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology
B.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology



Coastal Protected Species

Grace Botson – Senior Scientist
Habitat Conservation Planning, Data and Reporting Integrity

M.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University
B.A. Marine Biology, Boston University

Lauren Maline – Biologist
Sea Turtle Nesting Specialist
B. A. Marine Biology, St. Francis University

Joseph Pessolano – Biologist
Sea Turtle Nesting Specialist
B. S. Coastal Biology, University of North Florida

Liz Ranalli – Biologist
Sea Turtle Nesting Specialist
B. S. Biology, Sonoma State University

Jaymie Reneker – Biologist
Sea Turtle Nesting Specialist – Volusia County
M.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
B.S. Biology, Iowa State University

Joseph Scarola – Senior Scientist
Sea Turtle Nesting Supervisor and Lighting Specialist
B.S. Biology, University of California Los Angeles

Environmental Resource Management


Laurie Allnatt – Biologist
GIS and Mapping Specialist, Field Technician Coordinator, Stormwater Management Inspector
B.A. Geography, Florida Atlantic University


Keith Dawson – Biologist
GIS Specialist, Drone Pilot, Stormwater Management Inspector

B.S. Geography, Florida Atlantic University 


Katie Grablow – Senior Scientist
Professional Wetlands Scientist, Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent, Stormwater Management Inspector

M.S. Biology, University of Central Florida
B.S. Biology, University of Central Florida


Rachel King – Senior Scientist
ERP and ROW Permitting, Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent, Stormwater Management Inspector
M.S. Ecology – University of Georgia
B.S. Biology – University of Central Florida


Allie Lamb – Biologist
GIS Specialist, Stormwater Management Inspector
B.A. Conservation Biology, Florida Atlantic University – Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College


Patrick Murphy – Senior Scientist
International Society of Arboriculture Arborist, Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent, Stormwater Management Inspector 
B.S. Environmental Science, Nova Southeastern University


Erica Oliva – Biologist
Laboratory Coordinator and Taxonomist, Stormwater Management Inspector
B.S. Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University


Jennifer Smith – Senior Scientist
Professional Wetlands Scientist, Stormwater Management Inspector
M.B.A. Business, Palm Beach Atlantic University
B.S. Environmental Science, University of Florida


Catherine Trimble – Biologist
Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent, Stormwater Management Inspector
B.S. Biology, Florida State University